I feel like concrete is misunderstood. It’s unyielding, ugly, rough, only good for unattractive unimaginative architecture and parking garages, right? Oh how wrong! Concrete can be delicate, smooth, beautiful, malleable, and its porous nature means it’s light and easy to use once set. And it’s this softer side of concrete that has made it a favourite with designers right now. Flip through any current decor mag and you’ll see how versatile concrete is. Concrete incarnations of lighting, vases, cups, candle holders, ornaments are everywhere. And they’re gorgeous.
Now here’s the thing. Concrete is lovely, but concrete and wood is sublime. It’s a match made in heaven. Like Champagne and crystal, like wildflowers and mountains, like Sophia Vergara and Joe Manganiello. You get the point. When combined, concrete and wood sing together, each one accentuating it’s opposite.
The combination can be used architecturally, the effect is a refined rustic look, with a dash of industrial, and a lot of chic.
Speaking of bathrooms, they are the perfect place to use the concrete and wood combination. The concrete is durable, easy to clean and simple. The wood brings touches of warmth. Accessorize the space with Eastern trinkets as in the pic below, or with white ceramics to make it more mod.
Kitchens are spaces that need to be both utilitarian and warm, and so are perfectly conducive to the functionality of concrete and the warmth of wood. Whether you choose a more rustic wood, or something with smoother lines, it’s perfect harmony.
I love the idea of thinking outside the box, applying interesting design to surprising places. This wall installation is a case in point. Who said a concrete and wood floor has to stay on the floor?
Speaking of floors, well, this is my absolute favourite. The combination of materials, shapes and mismatched pattern, it works so well.
The harmonious marriage between concrete and wood has spilled over into furniture and household items too, and this is a huge trend right now. Feast your eyes on these covetable pieces:
Beauty and harmony can be found in contradiction, and I think that’s what we appreciate in the combination of concrete and wood. I’m certainly a fan.
Images from here.
Words from the heart.